On the 20th anniversary of the Star Trek Voyager finale, The Hollywood Report laments on how the finale missed its greatness. The biggest argument was that we didn’t see how the crew re-assimilated (pun intended) back into their old life. My biggest beef with the finale was how they castrated the borg, but we’ll save that discussion for another day.
In the case of the finale being underwhelming, let’s look back at a great TV show that had the same premise, Gilligan’s Island. On the show we have 7 castaways stuck on an island, trying to get back to civilization. The series only ran for three years, and they never did make it back. Ten years after the series ended we finally got to see the castaways return in Rescue from Gilligan’s Island.
The made for TV movie, Rescue from Gilligan’s Island was broadcast in 1978 and was huge. It holds the record for the highest ratings of all time for a TV movie. In the movie, the castaways are rescued and have to try to fit back in to normal life. Somehow, this isn’t as fulfilling as everyone who watched would have hoped. I’d like to think the writers of Voyager had this in mind, and thought that it was better to not show the crew getting back to normal.